The Battle Over Medicare’s Hospital Star Rating (#hcbiz 23)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving forward with plans to launch a new 5-star rating system on its Medicare Hospital Compare web site.  The new rating system gives a single star-rating from 1 (worst) to 5 (best).  According to CMS: “The Star Rating, which was developed through a public and transparent

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

Why are we losing the battle to Hospital-Acquired Infections? (#hcbiz 22)

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) are a big deal in US healthcare: They cost U.S. hospitals as much as $45 Billion per year. On any given day, approximately one in 25 U S patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care In 2011, there were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S.


Bringing Direct Primary Care to Medicaid (#hcbiz 21)

Medicaid is a big part of our national healthcare expenditure. It accounts for 25% of the average state budget and nearly 10% of the federal budget. Caring for the 72 million+ Medicaid enrolled beneficiaries  is challenging.  Many live in unhealthy environments and face significant obstacles to maintaining their health and obtaining necessary medical care. On top of that, providers are paid